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SC restrains bar association from going on strike, boycotting a judge

Thursday, May 10, 2018

New Delhi: As judicial work was hit yesterday in the six district courts here due to a lawyers' strike, the Supreme Court restrained the Delhi's Tis Hazari Court Bar Association from going on strike or boycotting any judge of the court.

The striking lawyers were protesting against alleged false implication of its office bearers in an assault case lodged by a woman lawyer.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud directed the Police Commissioner to provide adequate security, preferably by a woman police officer, to the victim lawyer who appeared in person, along with senior advocate Indira Jaising, that she was scared to record her statements in the court.

The bench said "her apprehension is not in the realm of illusion, but real" and directed that she should be given police security so that her statement can be recorded in the court.

Later, bar association leaders said they had a meeting with Acting Chief Justice of Delhi High Court Gita Mittal after the coordination committee of bar associations of all Delhi district courts decided to suspend their agitation and the lawyers will resume work from today.

The apex court, in order to avoid any unwarranted situation at the Tis Hazari Court, directed that the statement under section 164 of the CrPC of the woman lawyer should be recorded before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) at Patiala House Court. The apex court issued notice to President of the Bar Association and impleaded its secretary as party in the case.

The woman lawyer told the court that an incident had taken place on May 4 in which she was manhandled and humiliated by members of bar. She brought the incident to the notice of Additional Sessions Judge Prashant Kumar, who directed registration of an FIR.

She said that after the court directed for lodging an FIR, the Bar Association has allegedly boycotted the judge and gone on strike yesterday.

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